Kung Hey Fat Choi!
This week we have been finding out all about the celebrations for Chinese New Year. We explored lots of resources from Chinese culture, watched CBeebies clips following two children who were celebrating Chinese New Year with their family. We were very impressed with the parades and lion and dragon dancing. We made lanterns to decorate Nursery and had a Chinese banquet when we tasted some Chinese food and had a go at eating with chopsticks. It was very tricky! Our role play area was a Chinese restaurant and the children enjoyed taking on the roles of chefs, waiters and waitresses, and customers, booking tables, writing down orders and ordering food over the telephone.
Nian and the Dragon
We read a traditional Chinese story – Nian and the Dragon, and loved acting it out, using lots of instruments and sound makers to make sounds for the story. The children were very interested in dragons and made their own dragon masks. We found out that there are different types of dragons in Chinese culture – water dragons who watch over the seas, rivers and lakes; earth dragons – who watch over land and mountains; fire dragons, metal dragons and wood dragons. Some children also worked collaboratively on painting a huge dragon picture. They are becoming so thoughtful now in their art work. The children began by using blue colours for a Water dragon but then wanted to add ‘shiny’ paint to transform it into a Metal dragon. Fantastic art work, boys and girls!
We used Numicon, cardboard boxes and paper chains to make dragons too!
We have learned so many new things this week!
Next week we will be finding out about a different celebration – watch this space!